Death Toll Now 12 In Otedola Bridge Tanker Fire Disaster
The Lagos State Government, yesterday, revealed that the death toll from last Thursday’s, tanker explosion at Otedola Bridge end of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, increased to twelve with the death of another survivor.
During the unfortunate incident last Thursday, at least nine people died on the spot, while four survivors with different degrees of injury, were immediately, rushed to the hospital for treatment.
However, two victims later died weekend, before the latest casualty.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who disclosed the latest death toll during a press briefing in Alausa, Ikeja, also announced the opening of a DNA sample collection centre to assist in identifying the bodies at the mortuary.
Idris added that the death toll increased due to the level of burns suffered by the victims, saying, some of them sustained 90 per cent degree of burns during the explosions.
Also yesterday, the Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Professor Wale Oke, also disclosed that the State Government has taken over the treatment cost of victims.
But relatives of victims who are still receiving treatment , stated that they were yet to benefit from the free medical treatment, insisting that they were still buying drugs.
Dr. Jide Idris said: “At the close of emergency operations, we recorded 10 deaths, including a minor, who were all burnt beyond recognition and seven injured.
“Of the seven patients received at three of our hospitals, Accident and Emergency center at Toll gate, The Trauma and Burns Centre in Gbagada and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, for prompt treatment, regrettably, we lost one few hours over the weekend because he suffered 90 percent degree of burns, increasing the number to 11.
“While still battling with the causalities figure, we were informed at the weekend that two persons, who suffered burns, were rushed to a private hospital in the state. Of these persons, one has died. And this increased the number of victims from the explosion to 12 persons,” he said.
He, therefore, urged any private hospital that still has victim of the explosion in their custody to alert the state government for collation and treatment, saying, all patients in our hospitals are treated free.”